Monday, June 25, 2007

Road Closures Be Damned

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 9:37 AM

Kudos to the well prepared folks at Hotel Congress, who are thinking ahead about the many road closures and how their customers are going to get there. Here's part of an e-mail Hotel Congress sent out

We've got you covered during the Construction Craze here in Tucson. Major construction affecting the Hotel Congress includes the 4th Avenue Underpass Improvement Project & the I-10 Widening Project. No need to worry, we pledge to keep you au courant through our website, emails, & event hotline.

Our website will be updated daily with all the latest parking, traffic, and construction information making your next trip to Hotel Congress, Club Congress, The Cup Cafe, & Copper Hall easier than you could ever imagine.

If you're on the road and in need of guidance (of the traffic sorts, personal life guidance is extra), our employees are available to help you by calling 622-8848 or toll free at 1-800-722-8848. You can even dial extension 513 for an updated "Construction and Traffic" recording featuring the most convenient directions to the Hotel Congress.

Remember, grasshopper, patience is a virtue and with the recent announcement from the Vatican calling Road Rage an official sin, it looks like all of us Tucsonans and visitors will be put to the test (their words not mine).

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Musicians' Gear Stolen in Tucson

Posted By on Sun, Jun 24, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Just got this email from musician Jana Hunter's publicist. Jana performed at Solar Culture Friday night.

Friday night Jana Hunter and touring mates The Castanets had much of their equipment stolen in Tucson. It's hoped that you'll run this story and help bring attention to their plight and that musicians and store owners and folks shopping on eBay will be alerted and report in if they note any of the stolen goods turning up.

"So, the story is, last night we played in tucson at solar culture. Afterward, we loaded our stuff up, went downtown, had a drink, and went to a house to crash on the floor. en route, we damaged a door, making it such that the door won't close and such that eventually, before we return the vehicle to the rental company, we'll have to pay on the order of 2 grand to replace the door.

"Seeing as how we had an unsecured vehicle, ray (castanets) slept in the van. sometime during the night, some brave fug(s) very quietly opened the back door and took what they could carry. we assume their were more than one of them given all the stuff they managed to walk  away with.

All this after we had to fly our friend/drummer to the airport yesterday morning so he could go to the hospital. pretty big bummer all around."- Jana Hunter

This is what was stolen

Jana Hunter's:

fender classical guitar (serial # 9505151116)

boss rc-20 loopstation (serial # 0860399ev16879)

boss reverb/delay pedal

original digitech whammy pedal

original b k butler tubedriver overdrive pedal

peavey 6 mixer (serial # k0344300)

shure beta 98/s (serial # 4421303325)

custom flashlight circuit-bended thing

briefcase with "houston deserves to be a better place to live" sticker (full of Jana Hunter CD's, T-shirts and stickers)

Castanets':

late 60's blue fender music master guitar

line 6 delay pedal

boss tremolo

mutron volume/wah pedal

boss tuner pedal

digitech metal master

ebow

slides/cables

Anyone with any information regarding the stolen goods should contact Jana at: jana.hunter@gmail.com

Friday, June 22, 2007

Browncoats Alert!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 9:41 AM

Hey, Joss Whedon fans: This is your weekend at the Loft Cinema!

First, there's the screening of Serenity, the movie that wrapped up at least a few of the plot lines left dangling when Whedon's cowboys-in-outer-space series Firefly was canceled by the no-good dingbats at Fox about halfway through the first season. The movie is not only a chance for Browncoats to gather; it's also a benefit for Equality Now, a cause that's near and dear to Joss' gal-empowering heart.

The Loft is promising "an out-of-this-world raffle for fabulous prizes, a 'Whedonverse' Costume Contest (dress up as your fave characters from Serenity/Firefly or Buffy/Angel), a taped introduction by Joss Whedon himself, games, fun surprises and more!"

The Loft is following up with another screening of the Buffy the Vampire Singer Sing-a-Long, which features the musical episode "Once More With Feeling." If you're a Buffy fan, you so need to see this all big-screeney.

The Serenity extravaganza starts Saturday at 7 p.m.; Buffy shows at 10 p.m.

Tickets to Can't Stop the Serenity are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Tickets to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sing-a-Long are $5. Tickets are sold separately, and both are now available at The Loft box-office.

Tales and Reviews From Laguna Beach

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Hey kids, it’s been a while, but I am tuning in to you from the lovely and quaint Laguna Beach, Calif.

My family has had a cute little two bedroom condo out here for years, and I just can’t stay away. If anyone is out in California this summer or in the near future, I recommend everyone to visit this eclectic little beach town, saturated with liberal residents, passionate artists and fabulous places to eat and window shop. 

I would like to recommend two activities. My significant other and I had drinks and appetizers last night at this place at the top of Hotel La Casa del Camino called The Rooftop. On this rooftop terrace we enjoyed pinot grigio and shrimp and pork wontons. As the red orange sun sank into the ocean, we were accommodated with warm blankets as the ocean breeze was upon us. This place is exquisite and affordable while showcasing the famous Laguna Beach shoreline on the cusp of the beach. If anyone is in the area, I suggest you indulge in the sunset and yummy food at The Rooftop.

Today, we voyaged down Pacific Coast Highway to San Clemente where we visited the Rainbow Sandal Factory (where their prices are dangerously low!) and walked the Pier. After walking down the San Clemente Pier and even witnessing a man fish and catch a sand shark, we sat down at the restaurant at the end of the pier called Fisherman’s Restaurant. There we sat hovering over breaking waves and zealous surfers and enjoyed a colossal mudd pie dessert and their specialty drink, called Cottons. San Clemente, similar to Laguna Beach, features cute little shops and great food. Not to mention the views of the coast from the pier are reason enough to visit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Some Late-Breaking Events

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Here are a few events that were received too late for inclusion in our print issue.

  • Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m.

    Borders

    5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

    Harry Potter Pottercast. A live broadcast with Hary Potter editors, cast and crew is scheduled. Includes discussions, trivia, games and a question-and-answer session. Free. Call 584-0111 for info.

  • Friday, June 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

    Green Valley Library

    601 N. La Canada Drive

    Citizens Water Action Coalition. Kristine Uhlman, UA geologist, will speak about the interrelationship between ground and surface water. Free.

  • Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.

    Arizona Ballroom Company

    5536 E. Grant Road

    Black and White Ball. A night of dancing: From 8 to 8:30 p.m.: mini-group West Coast swing lesson; from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Open dance floor. $7. Call 290-2990 for info.

  • Monday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Tucson Children's Museum

    200 S. Sixth Ave.

    Thunderstorm Safety Activities. Explore the dynamics of weather. Make a tornado pattern; experiment with weather instruments; try "wash-safety" experiments and more. Free admission. Call 792-9985 or visit www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org for info.

A Stunning Picture of the Prizes in the Dick Cheney Photoshopping Contest!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 1:40 PM

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Here's a slightly trippy picture of the prizes. Weep with joy if you feel the need.

Dick Cheney Photoshop Contest Results!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 1:31 PM

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After gathering together the on crack staff and vetting the entries from the four people who entered the first-ever Dick Cheney Photoshopping Contest, we have decided on the winners!

It was reaaaaaly close between William Bell's Shrek-themed entries and Max Vectar's potpourri of Cheney in prison/Total Recall/collage suitable for framing. Both had substantial support from our more-sober-than-normal judges. But in the end ... we picked William Bell's entry to win. The Iraqi flag in the background pushed him over the top.

For winning this contest, William gets an amazing package of prizes. The booty includes:

  • A large Transformers Optimus Prime action figure! (Mint condition, in the box, sent to us by movie promoters for some odd reason.)
  • A movie pass for two to the Tucson premiere of the Transformers movie on Thursday, June 28! 
  • Two tickets to the July 5 Reno Tucson Sidewinders game!
  • A Weekly mug that has flashing lights!
  • A plastic Weekly shot glass!
  • A Weekly bumper sticker, worth literally a penny or two!

Because we appreciate the work soooo much of Max and the other two people who entered—Fozzie Pumpah and Homer Pyle—we're awarding Max, Fozzie and Homer movie passes, Sidewinders tickets and the Weekly paraphernalia trio as well.

Congrats to all, and thanks again!

Music Makes the Heart Go 'Round

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 8:07 AM

So, as a lowly intern, I have been pondering what my first blog post would pertain to for quite some time. But habit endure, so to no one's surprise, here is a music recommendation of sorts.

Right now, I can't stop listening to these albums:

No Shouts, No Calls by Electrelane

These girls—yes all girls, four to be exact—are from Brighton, England. Their most recent album has been on repeat on my iTunes, iPod, and car stereo. Their single "To the East" is so catchy, it literally forced me to purchase the entire album—which was a valuable purchase, indeed. I recently went to the Sasquatch! Music Festival in Washington, and these girls blew me away. I am moderately pretentious when it comes to “girly” music (damn you, Fiona Apple, for setting such a high standard). Thus, I was skeptical when they took the stage. My goodness—I was wrong. My friends and I couldn't stop talking about their immaculate performance. I love them, I love them, I love them—I want to be them.

Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew Bird

All my close friends were obsessed with singer/songwriter/violinist/musician extraordinaire, Andrew Bird, when his album, The Mysterious Production of Eggs came out in 2005. While that album was noteworthy, and it brings back memories of some good times for me, his most recent release, Armchair Apocrypha, won over my heart and soul. Bird has set a new standard of songwriting—at least for me and the many others who attended his April 2007 show at the Rialto. His whistling and nostalgic voice even caught the attention of my dad, the one person who defined my musical taste with Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and David Bowie. I promise this album is worth a listen—especially tracks "Cataracts" and "Yawny at the Apocalypse."

Until next time, I hope these albums bring as much musical awe to your ears as they did to mine.

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